Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 194 - March 27 / April 9, 2011

The Orthodox Mission

Chronicle of the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Aministrator - Fr. Rodney Torbic
408 Morgantown Avenue
Fairmont, West Virginia 26544

March 27 / April 9, 2011
Translation of Relics of St. Nicephorus
Bulletin No. 194
Phone 304-622-3681

Galatians 5:16

But I say walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Ten people came for Divine Liturgy on March 26, 2011. One communicant.

The anniversary of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster was on the minds of West Virginians this past week.

Honor Great Lent and Holy Week.

The next service will be on Great and Holy Friday at 9:00 AM.

Let us remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, rehab centers and the staffs and caretakers.

Let us remember the suffering Serbian People and all suffering people. .

Remember the men and women working in dangerous occupations including those in the mines and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and parole agents.

Let us remember the men and women serving in the military.

Bring a friend to church.

Pray for the stability and growth of the Mission.

Give thanks to God for the blessings of the Mission.

Thank God for the faithful parishioners and friends of the Mission.

On April 15, 2000 the Mission was officially accepted into the Eastern American Diocese with His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN celebrating the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy here.

Important Dates

April 10 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.
5:30 PM - St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pa.
5:30 PM - St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Johnstown, Pa.
April 17 - Palm Sunday Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh at 5:30 PM
April 20 - Holy Wednesday, Holy Unction Service at Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Paschal Divine Liturgy at St. George Church will be at 9:00 AM.

If you are Too Busy to Pray...You are Too Busy!

Romans 8:25 - But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

Trust in God involves faith that God will provide. Abraham took Isaac upon the mountain in an act of faith and obedience. Abraham was prepared to sacrifice Isaac. He had the knife drawn. It was a defining moment.

God spared Isaac. Abraham's faith in God was rewarded. Patience in following the instructions of God bore fruit. God provided the sacrifice and Isaac's life was spared by a loving God. (Gen. 22:1-14)

Abraham did not know God would provide a ram and spare Isaac. When Moses came to the Red Sea, God parted the waters. His patience in being obedient paid dividends (Ex. 14:13-31).

Moses told the people: "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today." (Ex. 14:13) This same God does wonders today. We need only be faithful to Him.

Believers opening their eyes to the presence of God will see miracles occur. Believers opening their ears to the presence of God will hear of miracles taking place. The attentive mind will be filled with miracles.

The Holy Prophet Isaiah spoke about patience and God. He said: "Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary. (Is. 40:31)

Trust in God is the fundamental essence in patience. The mind committed to God leaves doubt behind and presses forward to God and the ways of God. The joy of the Lord is greater than any alternative choice.

We know that Jesus endured the Cross for the joy that was set before Him. (Heb. 12:2). We know that Stephen the Protomartyr and Archdeacon endured stoning with patience and forgiveness. (Acts 6:8-7:60)

The fundamental beliefs we hold about God determine our resilience and ability to be patient. When we are absolutely confident about God, we go forth with confidence. Our actions are firmly supported by our beliefs.

At Holy Baptism we confess our beliefs as summarized in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. We reaffirm these beliefs at each Divine Liturgy. Throughout the Christian life, we are expected to live accordingly.

The Holy Mysteries of Confession and Communion serve to nourish and arm us for the daily events of life. The Holy Mysteries fortify us that we may go forth with the necessary patience.

Joy is experienced in the Holy Mysteries and is a result of patience in preparation. We live in a world where immediate gratification is promoted especially for commercial purposes. Being patient for God is beneficial.

While we experience God every moment of life and are dependent on God for life, patience increases our understanding of God and joy in God.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
March 27 / April 9, 2011

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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